Paul O'Brien is a songwriter with deep roots and broad horizons. An
English-born child of Irish immigrants now living in British Columbia, he cut
his teeth on Irish music. His musical roots, his experiences as an immigrant,
musician and teacher, his natural instinct for humour and storytelling, and his
empathy for the underdog have combined to produce an insightful and entertaining
The likes of Paul O’Brien, the British artist of Irish stock has covered a
remarkable musical waterfront. Now he has reached Stockfisch-grade maturity.
O’Brien is a courageous man. And courage it takes to leave everything behind and
start a new life on Canada’s most western shores - a life in which music was
initially no longer meant to play a vital part.
But an artist cannot get away from art easily. What does that mean? Paul O’Brien
will tell you in "He Can Dance", a song about an artist who can dream and dance.
Dream and dance can change reality, they can transcend it – just like faith
("Romero", a song about a bishop who changed his world). This song features a
children’s choir. Up-tempo songs begin and end a performance offering an
eclectic best of folk, country and jazz.
Children that grow up. Old people who don’t understand today’s world while
making it a better place without even realizing it. Giving and receiving: "Don’t
try and understand it, let it lead you through your life." This is the way a
singer looks at the world, a singer whose broad shoulders are home to a
Walk back home. "Wohin gehen wir? – Immer nach Hause." (In the words of the
German Romantic poet Novalis: Where are we bound for – always for home.)
Collective pub-consciousness (pardon the pun): Hands clapping, fireworks –
that’s the state this music will leave you in.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
Paul O'Brien, vocals, guitar
Uli Kringler, guitar, tremolo guitar, dobro, piano charrango, percussion
Lea Morris, backing vocals
Hrolfur Vagnsson, accordion
Annika Lückebergfeld, mandolin
Lucile Chaubard, violoncello
Martin Großkurth, Hammond organ
Lars Hansen, upright bass
Hans-Jörg Maucksch, fretless bass
1. Sacred Line
2. Berlin at 5
3. American Car
4. Walk Back Home
7. Light the Way
8. He Can Dance
9. Without A Trace
10. Misty Mountain
11. The Finest Thread
12. Anniversary Day
Total playing time, 53:38